26 June 2017

11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Opening

Introduction by Gabriella Civico, European Volunteer Centre (CEV)

  • Welcome by Georges Dassis, EESC President
  • Keynote speech: Global Europe and its role in peace and stability by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, followed by a Q&A-session
  • Discussion with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society, moderated by Conny Reuter (Solidar, Liaison Group co-chair):
    • Renate Weber, member of the European Parliament
    • Your Europe – your say 2017! Students Matěj Šulc (CZ), Markos Angelos Xeni (CY) and Bervin Demir (UK) presenting the recommendations on 'Europe@60 where to next?'
    • Adam Nyman (Friends of Europe): Debating Europe – presentation of an online debate on populism

1-2.30 p.m.         Lunch reception

2.30-3 p.m.         Keynote speech 

Introduction by Brikena Xhomaqi, Director of the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP)

  • Keynote speech on Technological revolution: transforming work, minds and society by Prof. Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Founder of The Good Lobby

3-6 p.m.    First round of workshops

  • New technologies and transition: Challenges and opportunities in the future of work organised by the European Youth Forum and the EESC SOC section – JDE 62
  • Urban and rural dimensions: towards more social and territorial cohesion organised by Rurality-Environment-Development, European Countryside Movement and the EESC NAT section – JDE 63
  • Challenging right-wing populism: The role of civic engagement, education and culture organised by Culture Action Europe (CAE), European Civic Forum (ECF) and Volonteurope – Atrium 5

6-8 p.m.  Evening reception

Introduction by Irini Pari, EESC member

The European and Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom asked comic artists from all over the world what their understanding of Europe is and what they imagine Europe to look like in 50, 100 or even 200 years. The exhibition runs from 26 to 30 June 2017.

27 June 2017

9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Second round of workshops

  • New technologies and transition: What role for civil society in a future of e-democracy? organised by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) – JDE 62
  • Countering anti-European populist rhetoric: The use of frames in our communication organised by Counterpoint – Atrium 5
  • Empowering civil society to act and grow in Europe organised by the Social Platform – JDE 63

12.30-2.30 p.m.         Lunch reception

2.30-4.30 p.m.            Closing session

Introduction by Assya Kavrakova, Director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

  • Keynote Speech on Populism by Gerald Hensel, social media strategist and founder of Fearless Democracy
  • Evelyne Gebhardt, member of the European Parliament
  • Presentation of the results from the various workshops and debate
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Deputy Secretary General, European Commission
  • Adoption of the 10 key demands and civil society commitments of the conference
  • Closing remarks by Conny Reuter, co-president of the Liaison Group and Secretary-General of Solidar


PROGRAMME - Civil Society Days 2017 - The Europe we strive for!
CSDays2017 - Workshop 1 - New technologies and transition - Challenges and opportunities in the future of work
CSDays2017 - Workshop 2 - Rural-Urban dimensions towards more territorial and social cohesion
CSDays2017 - Workshop 3 - Challenging right-wing populism
CSDays2017 - Workshop 4 - New technologies and transition - What role for civil society in a future of e-democracy
CSDays2017 - Workshop 5 - Countering anti-European populist rhetoric
CSDays2017 - Workshop 6 - Empowering Civil Society to Act and Grow in Europe